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Dreamy + Romantic Paris Elopement

I love love. I’m a hopeless romantic, big gesture, heart-over-head kind of girl, which is probably why I love this romantic Parisian elopement so much. After a long distance relationship, a fantasy trip to Paris and the Groom’s near-fatal car accident, this gorgeous duo returned to the City of Love to celebrate the most important thing of all: love. Fall for it all thanks to Coco Tran‘s stunning photography here.


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From Coco Tran… Nancy & Kevin met over 10 years ago in Mexico, where Kevin was stationed as a Navy sailor. After two short first dates, Kevin and Nancy embarked on a long distance relationship for the next 3 years. Finally reuniting after Kevin’s deployment in Iraq, they went on a trip to Paris, Nancy’s ultimate dream location. Shortly after their Paris trip, a tragic yet life changing event happened. Kevin was in a near fatal car crash that he luckily survived after major hip reconstructive surgery. Nancy gracefully and gently nurtured Kevin back to health during his long recovery. Fast forward two years, Kevin knew Nancy was the one he wanted to call his love forever. He proposed and they decided to elope in the city of Love.

Photography: Coco Tran | Wedding Dress: Monique Ihuiller

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Romantic French Elopement Inspiration

Paris is my happy place. – so much so that I would easily consider a repeat wedding like, tomorrow. And if said repeat were to look anything like this pretty from Le Secret D’Audrey that would just be the icing on the cake. It’s pink, it’s romantic, and of course it’s perfectly Parisian with beautiful Studio French Blue hand written touches. Evoking the essence of romance you can see it all in The Vault!

From Le Secret D’AudreyParis is a romantic city to most. But for me it is also my hometown, where I live and have so many great memories. A s a photographer I am always inspired to shoot here. Many couples choose France and Paris to get married and elope.

In this stunning video by the talented Ale of Imaginale I wanted to share the magic time you can have in Paris, getting married in the most intimate way. A minimalist Parisian apartment, some fresh cut flowers, a flowy gown and you are ready to say I Do in the City of Love. Couples who elope want to keep it simple and you can still have a fabulous decor and feel with a few tricks. Big loose Dahlias flowers will look great in your decor, add some candles and you will get a great atmosphere to your getting ready room.

Simple stationery with beautiful calligraphy can be a great way to tell your story. You won’t be sending invitations of course but sending the announcement you eloped is a great touch.

I love when couples get a small wedding cake. No need for guests to enjoy a yummy cake! And lastly the great thing about eloping is that you are having an intimate getting ready, perfect to add some Boudoir photos to your day. A cute lingerie ensemble, lace and a cute robe is all you need.

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Cinematography: Imaginale | Floral Design: Estelle Preston | Wedding Dress: Fanny Liautard | Cake: Synie's | Hair And Makeup: James Harold | Groom's Attire: Chris Von Martial | Venue: Paris | Eyelashes: Cils De Marie | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Manicure: Pierre Arnaud | Stationery Calligraphy: Studio French Blue | Veil And Lace Dress: Mignonne

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Romantic Rooftop Engagement Session in Toulouse, France

Oh my goodness, do I have a treat for you: this rooftop engagement session in France’s southern city of Toulouse from Elena Fleautiaux Photography. It all started with that gorgeous Pronovias black lace gown and when combined with gorgeous natural lighting, a rich color palette and romantic florals, it’s absolute magic. The couple posed with a sign that said “Le meilleur reste à venir” (the best is yet to come), and I assure you, one look in the gallery, and you’ll see that’s true.


From Elena Fleautiaux Photography… The story of this session starts by a dress :) I was discussing the engagement session with my future bride, Mélanie, – she asked me to forgive her because she had a dress, but it’s black and not very “suitable” for the photo session. But when she sent me the picture, it took my breath away—it was really beautiful.

When I saw it, I decided that I will try to do something interesting FOR IT :) !! And for my couple – Mélanie and Mathieu. M&M. We shot at two locations in Toulouse: an old-fashioned hotel and my roof. I live in the center of the city and can see all the beauty of this city, nicknamed “la ville rose” (the pink city) because of the color of the walls. Even though I’m not French, I love all the historic monuments and the sea of the roofs far-far-far away.

We were lucky it didn’t rain! We used two quotations for the session hand-written by a calligrapher from Toulouse: “Le meilleur reste à venir” (the best is still to come) and a quotation from Paul Eluard, a french poet who was one of the founders of the surrealist movement at the beginning of the 20th century: “Voir le silence, lui donner un baiser sur les lèvres et les toits de la ville seront de beaux oiseaux mélancoliques” (to see the silence, to kiss it on its lips and the city-roofs will become beautiful melancoly birds).

The silver spoons and forks belonged to my mother-in-law’s family during two centuries. Also, we decided to use some pomegranates as a decoration for the “place cards” and as elements in the bouquet and floral composition on the table. The colors were black, beige, pomegranate. The cake’s color was also black. 

My favorite moment was – a big question in my head – how to finish in time the first part of the session in an old hotel and to run and to be in time to have all installed on the roof (and to lift it up all alone !) , and to photograph all the details on the roof , not to forget the couple which arrived later and to do all that before the sun goes down.

I must to speak about three girls who helped me to create the details of the session:
1. Calligraphy – Nathalie, whose beautiful work helped to add exquisite notes in the style and atmosphere of the session.
2. The Cake – Helen, a very kind English girl who helps her couples “come and sleep in sugar” because her cakes are a small dream and a big miracle.
3. Poppy Figure Flower – Sophie, a talented and best florist in Toulouse, who is always there to listen to the ideas and wishes of her clients and propose marvelous floral things.

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Photography: Elena Fleutiaux Photography | Floral Design: Poppy Figue Flower | Dress: Pronovias | Cake: The Cake | Bride's Shoes : Guess | Engagement Ring : Mohedano | Hair: Une Nouvelle Hair | Calligraphy: NatCali | Groom's Attire: IKKS | Groom's Shoes: Azzaro | Venue: Toulouse France | Earrings: Isa Creation Cristal

Romantic Destination Wedding in Provence

I know from experience that a wedding in France is insanely awesome. The breathtaking scenery, the super sweet locals and a darling duo like these two sweeties makes for one, well… seriously amazing combo. Add in a gallery of lovely captured by Miss Gen Photography and a film from Irene Piera Films and it’s a pin-worthy day if I ever saw one.  Head to The Vault for even more.

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From Miss Gen Photography… Provence is an area that is close to Moya and Jamie’s hearts, so it’s where they decided to celebrate their wedding with friends and family from all over the world. The South of France was the perfect setting for this wedding, an outdoor ceremony and reception full of sunshine, champagne and lavender. The colour scheme was inspired by the beautiful French countryside.

Moya and Jamie had a romantic ‘first look’ before the ceremony so they could share a few moments alone before all the guests arrived, this was also a lovely opportunity for some portraits in the beautiful gardens.

Moya’s uncle travelled over from Australia to officiate the outdoor ceremony in the gardens of Bastide St Mathieu. Followed by drinks by the pool and a delicious dinner created by Ben Spalding, the executive chef at Aqua Shard in London.

Moya wore a stunning gown by Australian designer Gwendolynne and Jamie wore a British designed suit by Ted Baker.

The olive grove, lavender and the beautiful old chateau provided the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous destination wedding and it was a pleasure to photograph!

From The Bride… There were a few reasons why Jamie and I choose to get married in the South of France. The idea of a destination wedding had always appealed to us, we love holidays with friends and as I am Australian and Jamie English it meant the world to have all our family and friends in one place for as long as possible. We went to the Cote d’Azur on our first holiday together and said at the time how wonderful it would be to bring loved ones back there if we ever got married – so just over two years later that’s exactly what we did!

We spent a lovely long weekend driving around visiting venues both on the Riviera and further inland in Provence, leaving Bastide St Mathieu until last as we had fallen in love with the pictures on the website and sure enough, paid our deposit immediately. The house and gardens were even more beautiful than the pictures, Soraya was a wonderful hostess and we could instantly imagine having our celebration there.

We did a lot of the initial research and planning ourselves, but as we lived abroad and neither of us spoke fluent French we got the help of a local planner, Natalie at Wedding Angels in Nice. Her knowledge of local suppliers and help on the day were priceless, and really took all the stress out of the planning.

The Bastide formulated our vision for the day. We wanted the flowers and decorations to complement the house and grounds so kept the colours fairly neutral with grey Watters bridesmaid dresses chosen with one of my maids in NYC and then made to measure as the other girls were in London and Brisbane. We went for herbs and lavender on the tables coupled with white flowers all potted in silver and grey pots with silver tea light candle holders. I had a white peony bouquet with lambs ear detail that I had originally seen on pinterest and was brought to life perfectly by Wayne Riley Flowers. Jamie had a ranunculus boutonnière with lambs ear, while the bridesmaids and ushers carried/wore fresh lavender and baby’s breath.

My maid of honour actually found my wedding dress! We got married within a month of each other and she had tried it on at Luella’s Boudoir in Wimbledon. She said she knew straight away that it wasn’t the dress for her, it was the one for me! She was right, and Gwendolynne in Melbourne did such a brilliant job! The dress is called Hope and I absolutely love it. Jamie got his suit, tie and shoes from Ted Baker here in London and looked so handsome.

As we weren’t able to be legally married in France we had the wonderful opportunity to really tailor our ceremony to be very personal. We asked my Uncle to be the celebrant and chose readings that really resonated with us for my sister and a good friend of ours to read. It was very special.

We both really love our food and asked a chef based here in London if he would consider catering the wedding for us. The result was a really sensational meal that people are still speaking to us about but also threw up a fair number of logistical challenges! I am so happy with how it worked out, but would recommend others think quite long and hard about the stress/reward ratio of doing something a bit out of the box! The added bonus of having our chef come from London is that we could get our cake made of rounds of cheese from La Fromagerie in Marylebone.. one of my favourite afternoons of wedding planning was going there to select our cheese – delicious! It also meant the “cake” provided midnight snacks for anyone peckish later!

We love our music also, having been to lots of gigs and festivals together, and one of the fun things about a relatively long engagement (15 months) was putting together playlists for the day – one for as guests were arriving, the cocktail hour, dinner, and suggestions for the DJ for after dinner. We really enjoyed this, and have some great playlists for dinner parties to come! For the more ceremonial moments we picked songs that were meaningful for us – they’ll be ones we listen to forever:

Processional: First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
Recessional: You’ve Got the Love – Florence + the Machine
First Dance: Islands – The XX

We spent a long time deliberating on what to enter the reception to, and in the end picked a song that we both just find really fun – Call Me Al by Paul Simon. It led to one of our favourite moments, a giant sing along with the entire marquee standing and dancing for almost the entire song!

We could not be happier with our choice of photographer and videographer. We knew as soon as we saw Miss Gen’s work that she was the kind of wedding photographer we wanted – she has an amazing eye for a beautiful shot and a way of capturing people and moments that have really brought our day to life afterwards. Irene Piera Film’s work is fabulous too, everyone we have shown our wedding video to says it really feels like you are back there, and we feel so lucky to have such a brilliant memento of the day – especially the speeches and ceremony which really flew by!!

Ultimately, what made the day so special was making promises to each other in front of our friends and family, and it’s definitely important to keep sight of that as you’re planning. It was so special for us to have guests from all over the world together for at least the day – some we were able to spend the whole week with – an experience that we are unlikely to ever have again and we truly cherish. Enjoy every second!

Photography: Miss Gen Photography | Videography: Irene Piera Films | Flowers: Wayne Riley Flowers | Wedding Dress: Gwendolynne | Brides Shoes: Pedro Garcia | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | DJ: Riviera Organisation | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | Groomsmen's Attire: Ted Baker | Bride's Makeup: Sophie Kilian | Brides Hair: Jennyfer Hillyard | Cheese: La Fromergerie London | Chef: Ben Spalding | Hair Accessories: Richard Nylon Millinery | Planning: Wedding Angels | Private Villa: Bastide St Mathieu

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Romantic Newlywed Portrait Session in Paris

The phrase is technically “I left my heart in San Francisco,” but, I left my heart in Paris. Thankfully, this couple’s portrait session in Paris from French Grey Photography is bringing me right back. And the city’s inherent glamour and beauty is even more magical with this Bride and Groom—from the Bride’s pastel bouquet and feather wedding dress to the Groom’s classic bowtie and dashing suit. See it all here.


From French Grey PhotographyThis lovely couple from Florida first contacted me when they were thinking of eloping in Paris. However, after some careful consideration they decided that their family and friends were too important to not be a part of their wedding day, so they decided to plan a formal wedding in Florida, for all family to attend and hired me to help capture the most amazing honeymoon/cherish-the-dress session in Paris instead!

The bride and groom looked so majestic in their formal attire as we made our way through the quiet streets of Paris. As the city slept, during the early morning hours of those first spring days, we dashed around the city to capture the images which you see, with a privacy that only comes in the early morning quiet hours of city life.

Customizing her wedding gown with delicate white feathers, and accessorizing her beautiful golden locks with just the right touch of red lipstick, paisley looked like a movie star straight from Hollywood! The brides bouquet of soft pastel colored Peonies, Freesia, Ranunculus and white Roses were provided by French Grey Events.

We danced our way around Paris in all the must-be-seen at iconic Parisian locations, as well as some hidden corners that I have discovered in my many years of working primarily in Paris as a professional portrait and wedding photographer.

A fantastic morning spent with a fantastic couple in the beautiful city of glamour and romance.


Photography: French Grey Photography | Wedding Dress: Jovani | Brides Shoes: Steve Madden | Groom's Attire: H.M Cole | Event Coordination: French Grey Events | Groom's Ring : David Yurman

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